Bearing Witness to Indigenous Health Nursing


  • R. Lisa Bourque Bearskin Thompson Rivers University
  • Andrea Kennedy Mount Royal University
  • Cheyenne Joseph University of New Brunswick



Nīpawīstimatowin, Indigenous Health Nursing, Indigenous Knowledges


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Author Biographies

R. Lisa Bourque Bearskin, Thompson Rivers University

Lisa Bourque Bearskin, RN, PhD, member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation (AB), is an Early Career Indigenous Nurse Researcher and Associate Professor at Thompson River University, School of Nursing. Dr. Bourque Bearskin was recently appointed with the CIHR Indigenous Nursing Research Chair. She currently holds grants funded by the CIHR Institute for Indigenous Peoples, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and Thompson Rivers University where she initiates community-led research by Indigenous communities. She leads multidisciplinary teams to facilitate the design, delivery and implementation of Indigenous Health Nursing in research, education, policy and practice.  


She generously serves as a guest co-editor of this special issue. 

Andrea Kennedy, Mount Royal University

Andrea Kennedy is a registered nurse, educator and researcher dedicated to Indigenous health and nursing education She is honoured to learn with Elders. Andrea holds a deep pride for her diverse relations, including Italian, Celtic and Métis ancestry and traditionally adopted Tsuut'ina and hanai Hawaiian families. As an associate professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Mount Royal University, she teaches undergraduate nursing with a decolonizing approach. Andrea is conducting research on advancing reconciliation in higher education and primary health care through social innovation, mentorship and relational learning with Indigenous communities.. 

She serves as a much-appreciated guest co-editor for this special issue. 

Cheyenne Joseph, University of New Brunswick

Mi’kmaq Nation

Senior Instructor, Faculty of Nursing University of New Brunswick. 


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How to Cite

Bourque Bearskin, R. L., Kennedy, A., & Joseph, C. (2020). Bearing Witness to Indigenous Health Nursing. Witness: The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse, 2(1), 1–8.